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Fragment of a Decorated Bowl

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The maiden represented on this fragment wears a lotus flower, an unguent cone, and an elaborate wig on her head. She carries a pole from which hang a bunch of lotus flowers and a brace of ducks. When complete, the scene probably showed her on a papyrus skiff. Such details frequently appear in New Kingdom tomb paintings of duck hunts in the Nile marshes.

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1336–1295 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY end of Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (8.3 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of faience bowl glazed light blue. Underside undecorated. Interior decorated in usual purple-black pigment with scene now very incomplete. Preserved portion represents head and breast of young girl wearing thin linen dress, standing in boat (?) and carrying long pole on left shoulder. From preserved end of pole are suspended ducks and lotus flowers. Drawing of fine quality. Condition: Fragmentary.
    CAPTION Fragment of a Decorated Bowl, ca. 1336–1295 B.C.E. Faience, 3 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (8.3 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.227. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.51.227_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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